seventy-three, to carry on an amour between Mrs. Chenevix's3 shop and a noble cellar in Florence; but alas! I am neither old enough nor young enough to be gallant, and should ill become the writing of heroic epistles to a fair mistress in Italy—No, no : ne sono uscito con onore, mi pare, e non voglio riprendere quel impegno piu. You see how rustic I am grown again!
I knew your new brother-in-law* at school, but have not seen him.since. But your sister5 was in love, and must consequently be happy to have him. Yet I own, I cannot much felicitate anybody that marries for love. It is bad enough to marry; but to marry where one loves, ten times worse. It is so charming at first, that the decay of inclination renders it infinitely more disagreeable afterwards. Your sister has a thousand merits ; but they don't count: but then she has good sense enough to make her happy, if her merit cannot make him so.
Adieu! I rejoice for your sake that Madame Eoyale0 is recovered, as I saw in the papers. I don't wish you a happy Christmas, for you have the Chutes, who are a thousand times more agreeable than Christmas, which, since I have done loving mince-pies, I have never admired at all.
8 She is called "by Horace Walpole of the Great Duke: her death would ' the noted toy-woman.1 He at first have occasioned a long mourning at occupied Strawberry Hill as her Florence. Walpole.—Elizabeth Char-tenant, lotto (d, 1744), only daughter of
4 Mr. Foote. Walpole. Philippe,Ducd'Orl6ans, by his second
s Mary, daughter of Robert Mann, wife Elizabeth Charlotte of Bavaria ;
married to Benjamin Hatley Foote. m. (1698) Leopold Joseph Charles,
6 The Duchess of Lorraine, mother Duke of Lorraine.
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